Keiner hits 1,000 mark in No. 2 Hammond win

February 05, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

For the No. 2 Hammond girls basketball team, individual milestones are piling up as fast as the wins.

In last night's 76-45 victory over No. 20 Wilde Lake, Golden Bears guard Sonia Keiner scored her 1,000th career point. The senior joined an exclusive club with only two other members, teammate Kacy Williams and 1982 graduate Robin Lucas.

Earlier this season, Williams took over the top position in the club, breaking Lucas' all-time scoring record of 1,058. The 5-foot-6 guard headed for Georgetown has 1,103 career points and counting.

Last night, however, Williams passed up some good shooting opportunities to help Keiner achieve her mark.

But it was freshman Rene Hines who came up with the big assist. She stole the ball at midcourt, drove down and passed to Keiner for a layup midway through the third quarter.

Bears coach Joe Russo said getting Keiner the 12 points she needed to reach 1,000 was a team priority.

"I think this was very important for Sonia," said Russo. "She was getting in a little shooting slump, not that she wasn't scoring but she was missing a lot of shots. Now, that this pressure of getting 1,000 is off her, I don't think she'll miss as many."

Keiner agreed her confidence could use the boost. "Mentally, it helps me because I should know that I can do it. I need to stop getting down on myself when I miss a shot and forget about it," she said.

The only two starting seniors -- Keiner and Williams -- expect the 1,000-point club to double or triple in size over the next three years.

Junior Tiki Nicholson stood eighth on the all-time scoring list coming into this year. She should be the next member and junior Tameka Harrison, sophomore Kellye Townsend and freshman Hines all have a chance to break in over the next few years.

The Bears (12-1 overall, 7-0 league) showed off some of that high-powered scoring ability last night with four players in double figures -- Hines with 20; Nicholson, 15; Keiner, 12; and Williams, 10.

Through much of the first quarter, the Wildecats (6-8, 2-5) hung in, but Hammond broke it open in the second quarter. After an 8-2 run to end the first quarter, the Bears opened the second with 15 unanswered points for a 35-13 lead with 4:27 to go before halftime.

The Wildecats only stayed as close as they did on the hot shooting of Kristen Riismandel, who scored a game-high 23 points, including seven three-pointers. No one has scored more points against Hammond this season. It had allowed only six three-pointers before last night.

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